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Make Your Own Adventure - Gail Swanson

As you look to progress in your career, you may be stumped on how to find opportunities to move upward. You may be waiting for the people in your organization to recognize your efforts with a promotion, and feel like your future is in someone else's hands. Indeed, all of us have the power to generate opportunities for ourselves by smartly investing our own sweat equity. And through the process, you will create your own careerequity, develop yourself as a leader, and pay it forward. Gail will share her own career investment steps (and missteps) as well as her journey growing into leadership. She will also discuss the challenges of having a demanding career (which she loves), and the adventures of being a female breadwinner, while juggling being a mom.

About Gail:

Experience Designer Gail Swanson is known for her multidimensional design approach and open-hearted style. Her work spans many industries and covers the breadth of the digital playground. She leads creative teams as Associate Creative Director of Experience Design at SapientNitro in Chicago. Gail is an occasional speaker and blogger on UX topics at UX BoothUX Magazine, and her own blog You can follow her on twitter @practicallyUX. She strongly believes in Agile and Lean UX, spontaneous workplace sing-a-longs, and cartwheels in the workplace.

About the Event:

Our generous hosts at SapientNitro will be providing drinks and snacks, so there will be plenty of time and excuses for Q&A and networking before and after our feature presentation. We are excited to see you and your friends, so please spread the word!

- @chiDUXX

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  • Lea

    Excellent talk!

    1 · June 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    So bummed I couldn't make it! Was the presentation recorded?

    1 · June 5, 2013

    • Gemma P.

      Hi Erica, Sorry you couldn't join us. We didn't record the talk, but we hope to offer similar events in the future. Let us know if you have any ideas for speakers you'd love to hear from!

      June 5, 2013

  • Stephanie S

    Agreed! A great night with lots of inspiring ladies. @Katie - If you do get that list of books for shifting your attitude/perspective, please do post somewhere!

    1 · June 5, 2013

  • Misty C.

    Great presentation and very inspiring. Thanks Gail, Gemma, and Golli for presenting and organizing.

    2 · June 5, 2013

  • Heidi

    Thank you Gemma & Golli for creating this group!
    Thank you Sapient for hosting this great gathering of talented, smart & able women! I look forward to the next event.

    -Heidi O.

    2 · June 5, 2013

  • Laura T.

    Great talk with many, many relavent points, and great follow-up questions.

    1 · June 5, 2013

  • Deborah S.

    Was really great to hear Gail's honest and optimistic perspectives. And fun to hang out with all the lovely chiduxx ladies.

    1 · June 4, 2013

  • Irena A. S.

    Wonderful presentation!

    2 · June 4, 2013

  • Jayne S.

    Sorry I couldn't make it. Stuck at the office. :(

    June 4, 2013

  • Nicole M.

    I have to bow out... I am not happy about it. I do hope and suggest we have this topic again soon.

    June 4, 2013

  • Ashley W.

    Ashley Wrobel

    June 4, 2013

  • Stephanie S

    Stephanie SMith

    June 4, 2013

  • Carl B.

    I am so excited to attend! I was in the Peace Corps where I worked with many women's issues, and I really look forward to getting to know folks who care about these things back here at home. Thanks for letting me attend as an ally!

    1 · June 4, 2013

  • Phirany

    I'm hoping there will be more events like this! I won't be back in Chicago for another few weeks.

    1 · June 4, 2013

  • AChowdh53

    Ameeda Chowdhury

    June 3, 2013

  • Heidi

    Looking forward to this event!

    1 · June 2, 2013

  • Heidi F.

    Gail is the best and I can't wait to welcome everyone to our SapientNitro digs next week!

    2 · May 30, 2013

    • Gemma P.

      Yay! I was just about to email you - looking forward to it!

      May 30, 2013

  • marion b.

    Marion Boiteux; Anna Lergard; Marie-Lou Latrille

    May 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Unfortunately, I'm out of town. Looking forward to future events!

    May 22, 2013

  • Stacey

    So excited!

    1 · May 15, 2013

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